Settle, Huskies win big; Redbirds off to 5-0 start

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Settle, Huskies win big; Redbirds off to 5-0 start

Settle's 3 TDs lead Huskies to lopsided win

DEKALB, Ill. -- Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois ran its home winning streak to 18 games Saturday with a 55-24 victory over Central Michigan in both teams' Mid-American Conference opener.

Settle opened the scoring with an 11-yard run in the first quarter before adding a 6-yard TD in the second. In the fourth, he ran 46 yards down the sideline to help seal the victory for the Huskies (4-1), who closed the game on a 31-3 run.

Jordan Lynch threw for 215 yards and a touchdown and added 144 yards rushing, and he and Keith Harris Jr. each scored on the ground. Mathew Sims kicked two field goals and ran 14 yards for a score on a fake field-goal attempt.

Ryan Radcliff threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yarder to Titus Davis, for the Chippewas (2-2), and Zurlon Tipton added a rushing score.

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Redbirds edge South Dakota

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Darrelynn Dunn ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns and Illinois State won its fifth straight game, defeating South Dakota 34-31 on Saturday.

Matt Brown threw for 336 yards and a TD, and ran for another score. The Redbirds (5-0, 2-0 Missouri Valley) are off to their best start since the 1967 team began 6-0. Donovan Harden and Tyrone Walker each surpassed 100 yards receiving for ISU, with Harden hauling in a 79-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to break a 24-24 tie. Nick Aussieker kicked a 42-yard field goal with 56 seconds left to give Illinois State a 10-point lead.

Marcus Sims ran for 120 yards, including a 53-yard score, and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Josh Vander Maten for the Coyotes (1-3), playing their first game in the Missouri Valley. Vander Maten threw for three touchdowns, all in the second half.

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Eastern Illinois rolls past Austin Peay

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score on Saturday, helping Eastern Illinois roll past Austin Peay 65-15.

Garoppolo completed 18 of 31 passes for 453 yards and rushed for 48 yards on seven carries for Eastern Illinois (3-2, 2-0 Ohio Valley). Jake Walker rushed for 80 yards and a pair of TDs.

Austin Peay (0-5, 0-3) scored both of its TDs in the second quarter, on a 6-yard pass from Jake Ryan to Devin Stark and a 15-yard run by Wesley Kitts.

Kitts' TD cut the Eastern Illinois lead to 31-15 with 39 seconds left in the first half, but Garoppolo quickly responded with a 63-yard scoring pass to Chris Wright with 11 seconds left in the half.

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Salukis go down at home

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Shakir Bell ran for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to help Indiana State pull away for a 24-3 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday night.

Bell finished with 160 yards on 33 carries for Indiana State (3-2, 1-1 Missouri Valley).

He scored on a 2-yard run with 13:02 left in the game to give his team a 14-3 advantage, and ran another one in from 2 yards out with 9:48 left to make it 21-3.

Kory Faulkner, the quarterback for Southern Illinois (2-3, 1-1) was pressured most of the game by the Indiana State defense. He completed just 12 of 24 passes for 137 yards and was intercepted three times.

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Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Honda Road Ahead: Blackhawks look to get back on track to close regular season

Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd break down the Blackhawks' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Blackhawks Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

There are less than two weeks left in the NHL regular season and teams are jockeying for playoff seeding.

The Blackhawks have the best record in the Western Conference with 103 points. The Blackhawks' next two opponents, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets, also have 103 points. Washington leads the league with 106 points.

Wednesday the Hawks will travel to Pittsburgh. Two days later they host the Blue Jackets.

After that, the Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Boston is in line for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.

"There's no easy games from here on out." Konroyd said in the video. "Even teams on the outside, looking in are playing for contracts next year."

Watch the video above to see Boyle and Konroyd discuss the upcoming matchups for the Blackhawks.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks lose to Lightning in OT

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